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FFRPL is the 501(c)(3) charity that raises funds, presents programssupports special projectshelps create specialized spaces, and purchases supplemental materials & equipment for the Rochester Public Library.

Books Sandwiched In

One of FFRPL’s most popular programs, Books Sandwiched In (BSI) has been running continuously since 1956.

Each year, the Fall series of book reviews runs September through November and the Spring series runs March through May. Reviews are done by experts in the field.

BSI Fall 2020 will be online only.

Download the Fall 2020 brochure here

Watch Gregg Beratan’s review of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century Edited by Alice Wong

Watch Dr. Steven Rich’s review of Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson


Review will be posted on October 6
The End of October by Lawrence Wright

Review will be posted on October 13
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Review will be posted on October 20
My Vanishing Country: A Memoir by Bakari Sellers

Review will be posted on October 27
Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution that Changed America by David Kamp

Review will be posted on November 3
The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. by Peniel E. Joseph

Review will be posted on November 10
Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop that Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World by Nikita Stewart

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Library when it is safe and healthy for staff and the public alike.

Watch archived BSI reviews on the RPL YouTube Channel at ‘Rochester Public Library NY’

Spring 2020 (click to view)

Thanks to all our reviewers who submitted videos remotely for Spring 2020. Reviewer information is included on each video.

Spring and Fall 2019 (click to view)

Spring and Fall 2018 (click to view)

Spring and Fall 2017 (click to view)

Spring and Fall 2016 (click to view)